Federal Government Closings
January 26, 2011 by USA Post
Federal Government Closings, That was the order of Senate to the Minister of Education, Rufai Rukiyat to reopen all the schools closed for the registration of voters as soon as possible but no later than Friday, January 28.
The senate gave the order Tuesday when he met again after four weeks of vacation for Christmas and the various party primaries held until last week.
The order followed a motion before the Senate by Victor Ndoma Egba (PDP Cross River State) seeking compensation for problems caused by voter registration in progress.
Mr. Ndoma said it was wrong for the executive to close both private and public schools for voter registrations, even if the premises are not all schools are used for recording.
All primary and secondary schools across the country were closed following a directive by the federal government to allow the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use school premises for the voter registration project that was scheduled to last two weeks.
The order was widely criticized by the public and the Senate has said they acted on the concerns of the public they represent.
Mr. Ndoma said that closing schools means “sacrifice the future of our children for political purposes.” According Ayogu Eze, the spokesman for the Senate, even if the directive to close the schools was that of the executive, he was badly advised, and therefore it is their duty and responsibility as representatives of the people to address them.
“Nigerians frown, even when it happened it was the right thing to do,” he said. “We can not withdraw our future and spend it on the advisability of this, because pulling children from schools is like spending all your future savings for today and I think it was something Nigerians have spoken and of their representatives so as we are now talking to the executive that their decision was wrong at trial. “He added that the decision to close schools should not occur because the Most private schools and public schools are not registration centers.
“It was a statement that was wrong and I hope they (federal government) will pay compensation to the school, because when you close the schools for this period, many of degeneration happens, many things will happen. The government does not contribute one naira to private schools, if I owned a school, I do not obey him. People do not wake me up and preceded to trial without considering the consequences of such instructions, ” Eze said.
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